Why Make a Splash?
- 70% of African American children cannot swim
- 60% of Latino children cannot swim
- 40% of Caucasian children cannot swim
- Ten people drown each day in the U.S
- Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of childhood unintentional death for children under the age of 14
Participation in formal swimming lessons could reduce the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.
Research Study reveals 60-70% of African-American and Hispanic kids can't swim.
Learn to Swim!
Why should your child learn to swim? Because learning to swim significantly reduce the risk of drowning. Whether or not you plan to head to the pool, water is all around us - in rivers, lakes, drainage ditches, even large puddles. Equip your child with this life skill and you'll also be giving him/her access to all the fun and fitness the water can provide!
Take Steps to be safer around the water
- Learn to Swim!
- Follow pool rules.
- Never swim alone. Use the buddy system and choose locations with certified lifeguards whenever possible.
- If someone in the water is in trouble, reach, throw, but don’t go!
WHAT IS THE USA SWIMMING FOUNDATION DOING ABOUT THIS?
Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones Presented by Phillips 66
In 2009, the USA Swimming Foundation launched its Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones, presented by Phillips 66. The tour is designed to educate parents, kids and communities about the importance of learning to swim.
After nearly drowning at the age of five, Cullen Jones overcame his fear of water to win a gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics. He was also the first African-American male to hold a world record in swimming. By sharing his message over the last five years, Cullen has been able to convey the message of water safety and education to a wide audience of parents, learn-to-swim providers, educators and community leaders.
Learn more about our 2013 Make a Splash Tour presented by Phillips 66!
The Make a Splash Affiliate Coalition is comprised of aquatic industry leaders and community organizations with the common goal of promoting the importance of learn-to-swim and water safety to children all across America. Learn more about how you can partner with the USA Swimming Foundation and become a Make a Splash Affiliate.
Local Partner Program
Through our Make a Splash Local Partner Program, the USA Swimming Foundation partners with learn-to-swim providers nationwide to offset the cost of swimming lessons and educate communities about the importance of learning how to swim.
There are a number of ways you can get involved in Make a Splash and help us save lives. Whether you are a swim school looking to join our network of local partner providers, a parent searching for more information or a concerned advocate wanting to donate, you've come to the right place! Check below for all the ways you can get involved.
Donate to the USA Swimming Foundation
Become a Make a Splash Local Partner
Atttend one our stops on the “Make a Splash Tour with Cullen Jones presented by Phillips 66”
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